Questions about using or composing operators--functional mappings from one state or vector space to another.

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Defining an operator

Let s be a positive integer and let DifferenceDelta be this function with step = 1. Define ...
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What's wrong with my implementation on CountryData

I was wondering, *for which countries is the proportion of Phone line users to population greater than or equal to that of the United States?* This is what I inputted below, but the list of countries ...
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Parallelizing an associative binary operation

I have an associative binary operation '.', which I often use in this sort of way: result = expr1 . expr2 . expr3 . expr4 The ...
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Define operator algebra

My objective is to work out commutators like this $$[f(x,y)\partial_x^2+g(x,y)\partial_x+h(x,y),a(x,y)\partial_x^2+b(x,y)\partial_x+c(x,y)]$$ or ...
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HoldForm[Operator ##] on some list

Recently in response to this question Mr.Wizard suggested an unusual way to summing numbers. This doesn't seem to be documented. ...
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How is + as an infix operator associated with Plus?

How is + associated with Plus? Suppose I want to define a head FooBar and have it ...
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Displaying the meaning of an operator using Information

I'm using CircleTimes ($\otimes$) operator defined as a_\[CircleTimes]b_ := KroneckerProduct[a, b] so I can use ...
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when is f@g not the same as f[g]?

I have always thought that f@g will give the same result as f[g] in all cases, and it is just a matter of style which one to use ...
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Performing Computations on Sets

I would like to find a permutation of $\quad S=\{\frac{1}{10}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{4}{7}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{2}{3} \}\quad$ that maximizes the sum of theses elements raised to unique powers: ...
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Replace operators

/. can be used to replace variables but how can one replace operators. For example in a * b, ...
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Definition of differential operators [duplicate]

I am curious how differential operators are defined in Mathematica. More specifically, if the Laplacian function wasn't available, how would one go on to define such a function in Mathematica directly ...
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How to define the tangent gradient operator? [duplicate]

I would like to define a new differential operator that is the tangent gradient for a curve $\Sigma$. This is defined as $$\nabla_\Sigma=\mathbf{P}\nabla$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ is the projection ...
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Efficient way to give symbolic elements symmetry

I have a symbolic expression that represents a set of operators. These operators have quite a bit of symmetry to simplify expressions: ...
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Replacing values of a function

I have recently starting using Mathematica and have recently come to what seems as an impasse in my understanding of the language. If this is too "tell me how to do it" I would certainly understand. ...
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why I can't define a commutator operator in this way?

I am trying to define some operators I used frequently.For example, I defined a KroneckerProduct operator as $ \otimes $ as follows: a_$ \otimes $b_:=a.b-b.a and this works fine. Then I want to ...
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Question on operator: // N

I've seen a notebook with the following: ...
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How do I expand a sum?

I have a problem with Mathematica's symbolic manipulations. As an example, consider the following expression: $$\sum _{i=1}^n -2 x_i \left(-a x_i-b+y_i\right)=0$$ How do I get Mathematica to expand ...
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How to change coordinates of a differential operator?

I'm doing a basic quantum mechanics problem and am trying to learn how to do it in Mathematica. Any help would be much appreciated. $\vec{L} = \vec{x} \times \vec{p}$ where $\vec{x}$ has ...
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Change associativity of the @ operator

The @ operator in Mathematica is right-associative by default, i.e. f@g@h evaluates as f@(g@h) Is it possible to make the ...
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How to find (numerical) value of a derivative at point?

I have the following function: f[0, 0] = 0 f[x_, y_] := Exp[-(x^2 + y^2)^(-1)] How do I find its partial derivatives at any given point, including $(0,0)$? This ...
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Generating an ordered list of pairs of elements from ordered lists

I have a pair of ordered lists. I want to generate a new ordered list (using the same ordering) of length n by applying a binary operator to pairs of elements, one from each list, along with the index ...
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ComplexInfinity/Indeterminate error when evaluating derivative

Motivation: I want to find the coefficients for the polynomial that is obtained when one adds together the first $n$ natural numbers to the power of $a$; that is, when you consider $1^{a} + 2^{a} + ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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Having the derivative be an operator

How do I create an operator which acts like a derivative to everything to the right of it: for example: $ \left( \partial_x + \partial_y + z \right ) x \psi $ How do I make that evaluate to: $x ...
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How to find range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers?

How can one find the range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers? ...